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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What shocking item does Emily Grierson purchase from the druggist in town?

2. What does Abner Snope do for a living?

3. At the end of the story "Elly," which of the following is the only character who is still alive?

4. In the story "A Courtship," what does David Hogganbeck drive for a living?

5. Of what crime is the nephew of the Indian chief in the story "Lo" accused?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Minnie Cooper attempts to leave her home on the day after the attack in "Dry September"?

2. What mysterious events began to occur once Doom arrives back at his Indian tribe?

3. What competition do Ikkemotubbe and David Hogganbeck find themselves in in the story "A Courtship"?

4. What rumor spreads through town about Minnie Cooper, and how do the townsfolk react in the story "Dry September"?

5. What happens when Flem Snopes attempts to turn his two black co-workers against each other in the story "Centaur in Brass"?

6. What request does Pappy make of Doom when he returns to the tribe, and what is Doom's response?

7. In the story "Lo," why is the president uncomfortable with the Native Americans who come to him for advice?

8. What series of events takes place when Minnie realizes that there are mules in her yard in the story of the same name?

9. How does McLendon treat women in the story "Dry September"?

10. Why is Res Grier accused of arson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Wash" is a story about race relations on slave plantations. First, compare/contrast the way white slaves and black slaves are treated on the plantation. How does this unbalanced treatment affect Wash's life? Then compare/contrast the way Wash hoped his master would treat his granddaughter with the way he actually treated her. How did this unexpected treatment lead Wash to commit double murder?

Essay Topic 2

"Turnabout" directly addresses the idea of prejudice in the Army during wartime. First, describe how the soldiers in this story felt about one another before spending a day in the other's shoes. Then describe the events that led up to the two soldiers experiencing a day in the other's life. Finally, describe what the soldiers realized was the same about them by the end of the story. What was still different?

Essay Topic 3

How did Mannie's husband's death in the story "Mule in the Yard" incite a sequence of tragic events? What message is Faulkner sending the reader about revenge through this cautionary tale? Finally, what were the effects of revenge in the lives of both Mannie and Snopes?

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